Hi there @Sgpage! What an insightful post! These are very important things for discussion, and you’re right social media is full of examples. I thought the podcast offered some interesting insight and new perspectives into modesty that I hadn’t considered.
I love mixed-media art, and I sometimes catch myself using some blending technique on my eye makeup that I used on paper! And in those times even though I’m laughing at myself I’m also realizing that the Creator gives us mind, thought and movement to create and express ourselves in numerous ways as a reflection of His Creative nature.
I had to consider how I “dress for a guy”. My husband can compliment a blouse or outfit and the next thought I have is, “Oh, I should buy seven of these…how many colors does it come in?”
Taking care of our appearance is good and honors the body God gave us, and enjoying makeup or nice dress are lovely things that God does bestow on us as blessings. The thing to consider is where is our worship?
It SO important to examine ourselves daily and watch for things that may be creeping in and interfering with our fellowship with God in Christ.
I had to consider this in years when I was in intense Christian volunteer service. Sometimes even when you’re doing the Lord’s work, the Lord’s work can become an idol and you begin to consider your identity in how well and faithful you’re doing the Lord’s work.
So my point is that anything, our pursuits, possessions or passions, even when they’re good things, can become an idol that displaces God in worth and worship.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
I think some helpful questions one can ask are:
What are my motives in this pursuit? (Why am I doing it?)
What are my goals?
Who do I glorify?
How do I point to my relationship with the Lord in this activity?
Is this activity/pursuit where I find my identity? (If so, this is a big flag that your relationship with the Lord is suffering.)
It’s difficult to remember that the Lord loves us because of Who He is, and the best thing we can do is chase after that amazing fellowship over and above all things.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34
I hope all this makes sense…